Theodore D. Chuang is the incumbent Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland, having assumed office on May 2, 2014 as the successor of Roger W. Titus under Obama administration.
Early Life and Education
Theodore David Chuang was born in 1969 to Taiwanese immigrants in Media, Pennsylvania. Raised in Media, Chuang went to a local school and joined Harvard College for undergraduate education. Graduating from Harvard, Chuang went to Harvard Law School for a JD and graduated in 1994 as one of the top 5% students in his class. While at Harvard, Chuang wrote for Harvard Crimson and Harvard Law Review.
Judge Chuang’s personal life remains quite low key. Hence, there isn’t much information available on the topic.
Completing his JD from Harvard Law School, Theodore joined the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit as a law clerk to Dorothy W. Nelson. Working on the court for two years, Chuang joined US Department of Justice in the Civil Rights Division. He worked there for three years from 1995 to 1998 as a trial attorney and moved to become Asst. US Attorney in Massachusetts for six years, starting from 2004.
In 2004, Chuang joined Washington-based law firm named Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP as a counsel and remained in the position until 2007. To follow up, he joined House Oversight and Government Reform Committee as Deputy Chief Investigative Counsel and worked for next two years. Chuang subsequently got promoted to Chief Investigative Counsel in 2009. Then, he moved to the US Department of Homeland Security to work as its Deputy General Counsel.
With the start of Barack Obama’s second term in the office, Theodore Chuang was nominated to become US District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Maryland in September 2013. Supported by Maryland Senators, Theodore was confirmed on May 1, 2014 with 53-42 votes. He assumed office on May 2, 2014 as the successor of Roger W. Titus.
Donald Trump and Judge Theodore D. Chuang
Judge Theodore is one of the judges who ruled against Donald Trump’s executive order on travel and immigration. During the hearing, Judge Chuang said, “These statements, which include explicit, direct statements of President Trump’s animus toward Muslims and intention to impose a ban on Muslims entering the United States, present a convincing case that the first executive order was issued to accomplish, as nearly as possible, President Trump’s promised Muslim ban.”